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Centenary of Manx WW1 soldier's death marked

Private Sydney Parkinson Richardson
Image caption Pte Sydney Parkinson Richardson left a widow and a baby he had never seen

A Manx soldier who died after being injured in action during World War One has been remembered in Ramsey.

Pte Sydney Parkinson Richardson, from Ramsey, died aged 21 in a French hospital from wounds he suffered at the Battle of Arras, leaving a widow and a baby he had never seen.

Arras was fought from 9 April to 16 May 1917 and marked the beginning of the spring offensive on the Western Front.

A minute's silence was held at 18:30 BST at the Ramsey war memorial.

Image copyright Ramsey Town Commissioners
Image caption Pte Richardson's parents celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary on 17 January 1947

Pte Richardson suffered injuries to his lower body on 11 April 1917 and succumbed to them two days later.

He is buried in the Haute-Avesnes British Cemetery in France.

He was one of seven children to Herbert and Florence, three of which died during WW1.

Whilst he was serving in France his brothers, George and John were fighting in Belgium.

John died on 19 April 1916, aged 22, and George was killed in action the following year, on 11 September 1917.

The ceremony also saw a small wooden cross placed at the war memorial in remembrance of Pte Richardson.

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